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Flag Flying Days UK

Union Flag Flying Days When should Union Flags be flown?


The Culture Secretary has decided that government buildings in England should have the freedom to fly the Union flag whenever they want until a longer-term decision is taken.  There are 20 fixed days each year on which the Union flag should be flown on command of Her Majesty on Government buildings, along with certain variable date days, these are all listed below. A Government building for this purpose is generally accepted to mean a building owned or used by the Crown and predominately occupied or used by Civil Servants or Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.  Individuals, local authorities and other organisations may fly the Union flag whenever they wish, subject to compliance with any local planning requirements. The Union flag should be flown during daylight hours between 8:00am and sunset.

As part of St George's 150th anniversary celebrated in 2010 members of the church purchased and erected the flag pole which now stands in the churchyard. Thanks to the dedication of Colin Smith either the St George or the Union flag will be flown on the official flag flying days recorded below.

FLAG FLYING DAYS FOR 2014

January 9th

Birthday of HRH The Countess of Cambridge

Union Flag

January 20th

Birthday of HRH The Countess of Wessex

Union Flag

February 6th

Her Majesty's Accession

Union Flag

February 19th

Birthday of Prince Andrew

Union Flag

2nd Monday in March

Commonwealth Day

Union Flag

March 10th

Birthday of The Earl of Wessex

Union Flag

April 21st

Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen

Union Flag

April 23rd

St George's Day

Union Flag*

May 9th

Europe Day

Union Flag

June 2nd

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Day

Union Flag

June 10th

Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh

Union Flag

June 14th

Official celebration of Her Majesty The Queens Birthday

Union Flag

June 21st

Birthday of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Union Flag

July 17th

Birthday of The Duchess of Cornwall

Union Flag

July 22nd

Birthday of Prince George of Cambridge

Union Flag

August 15th

Birthday of Princess Anne

Union Flag

November 11th

Remembrance Day

Union Flag

2nd Sunday in November

Remembrance Sunday

Union Flag

November 14th

Birthday of The Prince of Wales

Union Flag

November 20th

Her Majesty's Wedding Anniversary

Union Flag

How should the Union Flag be flown?


The correct way up for the Union Flag when flying is with the broader diagonal white stripe at the top left hand side of the flag nearest the flagpole :


The Union Flag must always be flown in a 'superior' position:


On the highest flagpole.

On the centre flagpole where there is an odd number of poles of the same height.

or

On the left centre flagpole viewed from the front of the building, where there is an even number of the same height.


What is half-mast and when should flags be flown at half-mast?

When flags are to be flown at half-mast they should be two-thirds up between the top and bottom of the flagstaff with at least the height of the flag between the top of the flag and the top of the flagpole.  When raising the flag it should always be hoisted right up and then lowered back down to half-mast. Likewise before it is lowered at sunset, it should first be hoisted right up and then lowered back down.


Flags should be flown at half-mast on the following occasions:


From the announcement of the death up to the funeral of the Sovereign, except on Proclamation Day (the Day of the announcement of the Accession of the new Sovereign), when the flags are hoisted right up from 11:00 am to sunset,

In the event of the death of a member of the Royal Family, flags should be lowered from the day of death to the day of the funeral, subject to special commands from Her Majesty in each case,


The funerals of foreign rulers, subject to special commands from Her Majesty in each case,

The funerals of Prime Ministers and ex-Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, subject to special commands from Her Majesty in each case,


What Happens when flag flying days coincide with days for flying flags at half-mast?


Flags should be flown right up:


Although a member of the Royal Family, or a near relative of the Royal Family, may be lying dead, unless special commands are received from Her Majesty to the contrary, and although it may be the day of the funeral of a foreign ruler.

January 27th

Holocaust Day

Union Jack

June 28th

Armed Forces Day

Union Jack

September 15th

Birthday of Prince Harry

Union Jack

October 21st

Trafalgar Day

Union Jack

The Union Flag will also be flown on the dates below and the St George Flag on other special days associated with St George’s Church, Falfield

* On St George’s Day the St George’s Flag will be flown in St George’s Churchyard, Falfield

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